Low-code isn’t just for building apps, it’s also for connecting them – and that’s where automation comes in. Low-code automation is the process of using a low-code platform to quickly and easily connect applications and systems together to accomplish tasks. Automation platforms like Workato and others make the process of creating automated workflows and integrations easier and less time-consuming than traditional development.
What is Low-Code Automation?
Traditionally, if you needed to connect two discrete systems, you’d have to write code to handle the integration. Low-code automation eliminates the need for custom coding, making it possible to create automated workflows and integrations quickly and easily.
For example, if you want to automatically add all new CRM contacts into your marketing email software, you can use a low-code automation platform to create a workflow that does just that. The workflow will query the CRM for new contacts, add them to the email software, and send out a welcome message. All of this can be done without any coding.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Low-Code Automation
Low-code automation has several advantages over traditional development, though it isn’t always the best fit for every organization.
Low-code automation platforms are typically more cost-effective, as there is no need to hire expensive developers or purchase expensive development tools. These automation tools also allow for faster deployment of integrations, as they can be quickly and easily created with a low-code platform. Additionally, low-code automation is friendly for non-technical citizen developers, allowing anyone to create powerful automations.
However, there are some risks associated with low-code automation. It can be difficult to troubleshoot issues that arise with workflows, as low-code automation platforms tend to abstract logging and debugging information. Additionally, low-code automation can become difficult to scale as workflows become more complex. If you’re trying to integrate dozens of unique systems with complex data flows, it may make more sense to go the traditional development route.
Will low-code automation work for me?
When determining if a platform such as Workato is a good fit for your organization, consider:
- What applications do I need to integrate?
- How complex are the data flows?
- How often do I need to make changes?
Your organization may opt to start off with a low-code automation platform, and then migrate to traditional middleware later if the complexity of your integrations grows beyond the ability of the platform.
Integrating Workato & TrackVia
Integrating TrackVia to the thousands of Workato-enabled applications is as easy as clicking “sign in.” When creating a new TrackVia connection in Workato, you’ll be asked to allow access to the TrackVia API. Once enabled, you can create custom automations and workflows to integrate data between TrackVia and your other enterprise applications.
Within Workato, you can use TrackVia as a trigger:
- When new records are created in TrackVia
- When an existing record is modified in TrackVia
- When an existing record is deleted in TrackVia
Or you can use TrackVia as an action:
- Create new records in TrackVia
- Update existing records in TrackVia
- Delete existing records in TrackVia
- Download a file from a record
- Onboard a new user
- and more…
Workato also offers pre-built automations, which simplify the integration process even further. For example, there are pre-built automations to integrate TrackVia and Salesforce, TrackVia and Slack, and TrackVia and Google Calendar.
TrackVia and Workato have a native integration, making it easy to create custom workflows that integrate data across both platforms. This integration is a great way to automate time-consuming tasks and streamline processes, and Workato integrates with thousands of enterprise applications, including Salesforce, Workday, Jira, SAP, QuickBooks, and more.
TrackVia’s Alternative to Workato
If you do exceed Workato’s limitations, TrackVia Microservices are a great alternative. TrackVia Microservices are managed pieces of code that are hosted on TrackVia’s servers and can be used to extend the capabilities of TrackVia and your legacy or native systems. With Microservices, you can create powerful customizations using industry-standard microservice architecture.
For example, TrackVia Microservices can be used to:
– Create custom notifications
– Automate document generation
– Integrate with third-party APIs
TrackVia Microservices can also be used to extend TrackVia’s native integrations with Workato. For example, if you need to integrate TrackVia with an application that Workato doesn’t support, you can use a TrackVia Microservice to create a custom integration.
Boost Your Low-Code Applications with Integrations
Low-code automation platforms such as Workato provide a powerful and cost-effective way to create automations and integrations quickly and easily. While low-code automation can be a great fit for many organizations, there are some limitations to be aware of. If your organization needs to integrate complex systems or data flows, it may make more sense to go the traditional development route. Alternatively, you can use TrackVia’s Microservices to extend TrackVia’s native integration with Workato.
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Taking the leap into low-code doesn’t have to be difficult, learn more about automating your organization today and request a demo.